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Barber named police chief for City of Ithaca

Barber named police chief for City of Ithaca

The acting head of the Ithaca Police Department has been named the new chief of police for the City of Ithaca.

John Barber has served as acting chief since September, when former chief Ed Vallely announced his retirement.

Mayor Svante Myrick says he is confident Barber is the right man for the job.

“I’m looking forward to leading with him and, when necessary, following his lead as we build an even better police department, and as we work to make the City of Ithaca an even safer place to live,” Myrick said.

As chief, Barber says he will continue to advocate for a school resource officer for the Ithaca High School.

“There is untold value in having an officer directly interact with our young people,” Barber said.

He also says the department is seeking funding through a federal cops grant for two additional officers, whose focus will be addressing difficulties facing youth in the community.

The 45-year-old Ithaca native has served in the department for the past 20 years.

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